Profit Players: Oguzhan Ozyakup

Profit Players: Oguzhan Ozyakup

Everton supporters have been pretty quiet this week after seeing their side fail to record their second Premier League victory of the campaign on Saturday.

Marco Silva’s men have made an encouraging start to the 2018/19 season but have just six points to show for their opening four games, with Southampton the only side they have managed to beat. The likes of Wolves, Bournemouth, and most recently Huddersfield Town have all held the Toffees to draws though to suggest that Silva may need slightly more from his side if they are to indeed challenge the top six this term.

Thus, there have been some frustrated Evertonians up and down the country in recent times, although many have at least looked back on their summer transfer business with some delight, what with the likes of Richarlison, Yerry Mina, and Andre Gomes making the move to Goodison Park.

Yet one man they were linked with but failed to land was attacker Oguzhan Ozyakup, who is someone they must seek to go after in January as he could well be the man to help Silva take this Everton team to the next level.

Ultimately, the Toffees seem to be lacking that killer instinct in matches so far this term, as they have been in position to win three of their four games, but have only managed to go on and win one of them.

And while the defensive unit has come under some criticism for failing to see out matches, the front players must also look at themselves, with their display against Huddersfield perhaps the most obvious in which they struggled to create a great deal of opportunities.

Yet the addition of Besiktas’ Ozyakup, who cost the Turkish giants just £450,000 back in 2012 to lure him away from Arsenal (as per Transfermarkt), could go some way to helping boost that creativity in the final third.

The 25-year-old left the North London giants for Besiktas six years ago after making just two senior appearances for the Gunners, but he has since gone on to prove his worth in the Turkish Super Lig during his time at the club.

The attacker has scored 29 goals and laid on 53 assists in 227 appearances for Besiktas to help them to two domestic league titles in 2016 and 2017, with Ozyakup laying on at least eight assists in all but one of his full seasons at the Turkish heavyweights.

Clearly, the 25-year-old would be a huge asset to Silva, which is why it wasn’t overly surprising to see the midfielder linked with a move to Goodison Park during the summer, but they ultimately weren’t able to lure him to the blue half of Merseyside.

But such is the quality the Turkey international possesses, alongside Everton’s need for greater creative options in the final third, Silva should seek to reignite that interest in January in a bid to help take his Toffees team to the next level.

Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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